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After firing Vigneault, Flyers drop ninth straight in loss to Avalanche

PHILADELPHIA — Erik Johnson had a aim and an help, and the Colorado Avalanche beat Philadelphia 7-5 on Monday night time handy the Flyers their ninth straight loss simply hours after they fired coach Alain Vigneault.

Mike Yeo took over as interim coach of the Flyers, however they did not fare any higher following the shakeup.

Nazem Kadri, Gabriel Landeskog, Alex Newhook, Cale Makar, Valeri Nichushkin and Tyson Jost additionally scored for the Avalanche, who had 50 photographs on aim.

Claude Giroux scored twice for Philadelphia, which may tie the membership report for consecutive losses Wednesday night time at New Jersey. Oskar Lindblom, Cam Atkinson and Scott Laughton additionally had objectives.

Earlier within the day, the Flyers fired Vigneualt after he went 147-74-54 in two-plus seasons. Vigneault led the Flyers to the highest seed within the Jap Convention in 2019-20, however they missed the playoffs final season. Normal supervisor Chuck Fletcher made the transfer following Philadelphia’s 7-1 house loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday night time.

Fletcher additionally let go of assistant coach Michel Therrien, who oversaw an influence play that entered thirtieth within the NHL at 13.4%.

Giroux mentioned earlier than the sport that the Flyers had no id.

“We now have lots of issues to determine, lots of issues to work on,” he mentioned. “I doubt that we’ll remedy all of them tonight. However for tonight, go on the market tonight in entrance of our followers, work our butt off and do all the things we will to get a win.”

The Flyers might have labored exhausting, however the outcome was all too acquainted.

Giroux’s slap shot from the slot gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead 6:02 in, however the Avalanche zipped previous Philadelphia with velocity and talent for 4 straight objectives, culminating with Makar’s rush into the Flyers zone previous defenseman Ivan Provorov that he completed with a wrister previous goalie Martin Jones on the glove aspect.

It regarded as if Colorado was on its solution to a repeat of Tampa Bay’s lopsided victory Sunday, however the Flyers closed the primary interval with a pair of objectives, on Lindblom’s first in 22 video games this season and Giroux’s second of the night time on a one-timer on the facility play.

Philadelphia entered with simply 9 objectives in 67 possibilities on the man-advantage earlier than scoring a pair within the high-scoring opening interval.

The scoring calmed down within the second, as Colorado received the one tally by Nichushkin 1:42 into the interval.

The 2-goal margin was lots for the high-scoring Avalanche, who entered main the NHL in objectives per recreation at 4.00. Philadelphia has struggled to place the puck within the internet all season and entered with 34 fewer objectives than the Avalanche in yet one more recreation performed.

The Flyers had gone 17 consecutive video games with three objectives or fewer earlier than Atkinson’s tally on a one-timer from shut vary 2:16 into the third pulled Philadelphia to 5-4. Philadelphia final scored greater than three objectives on Oct. 27.

Kadri restored the two-goal lead with a power-play aim 3 1/2 minutes later for his team-leading thirty first level.

Justus Annunen, taking part in in his second profession recreation, made 27 saves for the Avalanche.


Giroux sounded happy that Yeo goes to get an opportunity to steer a turnaround.

“Mike is a superb man, a man you wish to play for,” he mentioned. “Anytime he talks to us, you may see that gamers actually hear. You wish to be concerned with a man like Mike Yeo.”

The 48-year-old Yeo has eight years of teaching expertise, going 246-181-55 with Minnesota and St. Louis.


Avalanche: D Bown Byram (head) missed his third video games in a row. He’s day-to-day.

Flyers: Winger Joel Farabee (left shoulder) missed his third straight recreation. He’s week-to-week. … C Derick Brassard (hip) was sidelined for the sixth straight recreation.


Avalanche: On the New York Rangers on Wednesday to finish a five-game highway journey.

Flyers: On the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.

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